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Healing Intergenerational Trauma through the Eyes of Your Ancestors: An Artistic Experience

March 24, 2023 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 pm


Where: Becky Keenan’s art studio at Dilworth Artisan Station
When: (weekend dates flexible) Fri. 6 to 8:30 pm, Sat. 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Sun. 10 am to 12 pm
Workshop Size: 6 participants

Description: As long as we remain caught in a web of family patterns, we are likely to struggle in our lives,
health, and relationships. By untangling the threads of our family history, we can unearth and unravel
unconscious influences upon our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

Visual art and writing can be tools for imagining ourselves into others’ minds and bodies, and through that
process, cultivating understanding, compassion, and empathy. Through these acts of understanding and
empathy, we come to better understand ourselves and cultivate self-compassion. We become freer to give
and receive love.

Writer Brooke Shaffner will lead participants in imagining themselves into the mind and body of a chosen
ancestor/family member through writing. Then, visual artist Becky Keenan will guide participants in
physically and emotionally connecting to this ancestor/family through painting.

No writing or painting experience is necessary. The goal of this weekend workshop is to create a space for
self-love and compassion by identifying the generational pattern of thinking that is holding us back from
living our fullest life.

Becky Keenan
Discovering that four generations of women in her family, starting with her maternal grandmother, had all
followed the same life path, at the same age and with the same difficult outcome, plunged Becky into a
journey of discovering the silent story behind her family’s history and the destructive outcome for each
woman. Her journey of finding acceptance and self-love inspired this workshop. Her hope is to help guide
others through their journey of healing.

Brooke Shaffner
Brooke is currently working on a memoir. Her writing is integral to the healing process. She works toward
holding the darkness, light, and complexity of family members, herself, life, and humanity with
understanding and compassion. Though stories grow out of conflict, she strives, also, to find words that hold
(extra)ordinary moments of contentment and joy.

Cost: $95
Contact Becky at [email protected]


March 24, 2023
6:00 am - 8:30 pm


Becky Keenan’s art studio at Dilworth Artisan Station
118 E. Kingston Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203 United States
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